Whatever it takes to win, right, Cubbies?
On Wednesday afternoon, it's been reported that Chicago will call up star shortstop Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa. Perfect. Russell has served his 40-game suspension and deserves to be in the majors with his teammates.
...Nope, sorry, I can't type that without getting anxiety.
Source: Addison Russell will be activated tonight look for the Cubs to make a couple of roster moves. Don’t forget that Ben Zobrist was scratched before last nights first pitch from the lineup.— David Kaplan (@thekapman) May 8, 2019
The man was suspended for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, with troubling details coming forward from both his ex-wife and ex-girlfriend about what happened between them behind closed doors.
The disturbing specifics, via Yahoo Sports, include Russell trying to trip his ex-wife while she was pregnant, and also trying to force her into sexual relations while they were at the hospital checking in on their son.
More troubling details of abuse emerge about Addison Russell from ex-wife and ex-girlfriend.— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) December 19, 2018
What they're saying and how he appears to be responding.
Russell is a great ball player. I'm not denying that. However, he has no place in Major League Baseball. It's an honor to play in this great league, and even more to suit up for the iconic Cubs. He's flatly proven that he's undeserving of that honor.
Chicago has said on multiple occasions that Russell has been working passionately to learn from his mistakes and has done everything they've asked him to do in order to grow from his mistakes. But, those mistakes weren't miniscule. The man was a monster to multiple women, including the mother of his child. Yet, we're just going to forget about that and cheer for him each night he's at the plate?
Addison Russell was 1-for-5 tonight for Triple-A Iowa. In 11 games there, he's hitting .244 with a .373 OBP, 3 homers, 10 runs scored and 13 RBI. What's next for him -- a return to the @Cubs (winning w/o him) or a trade to a SS-needy contender. #Rays, maybe? Or AAA All-Star game?— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) May 7, 2019
Maybe we won't be cheering for him much with the bat in his hands, anyways.
Once Russell hits the field for his first game back, it will be a proverbial black eye for the entire league. More so, though, it will be an embarrassment for the Chicago Cubs.